Welcome to Class 3
Miss Chiam (Teacher)
Mrs Harrow (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Holdbrook (Teaching Assistant)
Welcome to Class 3!
We have had a very exciting year so far! Scroll down to see what we have been up to...
To conclude our Roman topic, Class 3 had a Roman day! For our topic homework, we had to create a costume to wear - we could choose to be a Roman or a Celt. Our costumes looked fantastic and we really enjoyed dressing up and learning all about the Romans in Britain. We did not want the day to end!
First, we learnt about why the Romans chose to invade Britain and we completed a quiz to test our Roman knowledge so far! Next, we found out that the Romans loved to play games and we tried playing some ourselves. We had to use our knowledge of Roman numerals for a game called Delta and we had to think strategically for Ludus.
In the afternoon, we learnt some Latin and tried marching like Roman soldiers. After that, we acted out a battle between the Romans and the Celts. The Romans were victorious and captured some of the Celts to be used as gladiators! We finished the day by having our very own gladiator fights!
Over the last 7 weeks, we have been studying and creating our Roman pottery. After looking closely at some Roman pots, we used our observations to deduce what they would have been used for. We then moved onto looking at the features and deciding what makes a good Roman pot. Using this, we then designed, made and decorated our own pots.
Design a Catapult
Our topic for this half term is 'Rotten Romans'. To introduce the topic, we learnt about how the Romans successfully used catapults to smash through walls and fortifications. We were then given the task of designing and making our own catapults! We worked as a class to think about what would make a successful catapult and recorded it as our design criteria. We referred back to this throughout our project.
Catapult Design Criteria
· Test out your ideas first.
· Catapult must have a firing mechanism.
· It must be strong!
· It needs to stand up by itself.
· You need to be able to hit a target.
· The Catapult must fire over a distance.
After thinking of our design criteria, we began to build the structure of our catapult. At first, we used lolly sticks and string to build a 3D shape but our structures did not stay up very well. We had to think more carefully about the materials we chose and we ended up using Tech Card and a range of different materials to hold the structure together.
Once we had a strong base for our catapult, we explored the different ways to make it fire. Most of us used elastic bands and lolly sticks, but one group used string and card to make their catapult fire. We attached our mechanism to our structure and carried out lots of tests to make sure that our catapult would fire successfully. We identified any problems and worked as a team to make the adjustments our catapults needed.
Finally, we tested the catapults to see if they fit our design criteria. First, we had three attempts to see how far they could fire and we measured the distance in metres and centimetres. Next, we used a target to check how accurate our catapults were. We used a points system and had to add up our total after having three attempts.
Our finished catapults!
Harvest Festival Week
The whole school celebrated harvest by taking part in 'Harvest Festival Week'. Class 3 learnt about how Harvest is celebrated in this country and around the world. We made vegetable soup with Mrs Harrow and then we wrote up the recipe. In addition to this, we made lanterns to celebrate the Chinese 'Harvest Moon Festival' and symmetrical pot designs for the Indian harvest called 'Pongal'.
This half term, our topic is 'Little Shop of Horrors' so we are learning all about plants!
After learning what plants need to grow, we created our own investigation. As a class, we thought of a question we could investigate: How does the amount of water affect how plants grow?
We planted pea seeds outside, then each group decided how often they would water their plant. We decided that the amount of water needed to stay the same (150ml) to make it a fair test. The investigation continued throughout the whole half term and at the end, we measured our pea plants so we could come to a conclusion and answer our question.
We found out that the more your water a plant, the less likely it is to grow. We thought that because one group watered their plant 3 times a day and none of their plants grew. On the other hand, you also need to make sure your plant is watered enough. One group only watered their plant every 2 weeks and the result was their plant grew to 3.6cm. The highest plant was watered once a day and it grew to 13.4 cm!
When we had concluded our investigation, we also took our peas out of the soil so we could have a closer look at the roots. We measured the roots and some were as long as 25cm!